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Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention just released their study, Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey. The study included over 4,500 juveniles age 17 and younger and covered topics from bullying, to child maltreatment, to sexual victimization. Here are some interesting findings:

  • Children 7-10 years old are the most likely to experience physical assault/bullying from siblings and peers
  • Nearly 1 in 10 surveyed had been sexually victimized, and nearly 20% of all girls are sexually victimized by the time they are 17
  • 1 in 5 children suffer maltreatment (physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, and more) by the time they are 17
    Children 10-13 are at the highest risk for kidnapping than any other age group
  • Overall, adolescents age 14-17 are at the highest risk for witnessing or being the victim of physical abuse and sexual victimization of all types

Any violence against children is too much violence against children. Talk to your kids about what they can do to protect themselves from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Foster a relationship with your children that is open and honest, where they can feel safe talking to you about these issues. Overall, as adults and parents, we need to be the examples for our children. If we are physically, verbally, and emotionally abusive to them or others—or let abuse we see go unreported—they will learn from us.

Let’s all work together to stop violence against children. Here’s one organization that is trying to help: www.darkness2light.org. They have great resources for parents for raising awareness and combating child sexual abuse.

Read the entire results of the study here: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/227744.pdf

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October 12, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Preventing Child Abuse Through Education

The Future of Children, a collaboration between Princeton and the Brookings Institute, publishes a semi-annual journal focused on studies and issues regarding children and youth: challenges, concerns, trends, etc. This Fall’s issue dedicates its entire issue to preventing child abuse. The eight articles published this month cover issues like the effect of community efforts in preventing child abuse, preventing abuse through parent training, drug treatment, child protective services, and more.

To get a good understanding of current research regarding child abuse and prevention, you can download and read the entire journal for free here: http://www.futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/journals/journal_details/index.xml?journalid=71

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October 2, 2009 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Teaching Internet Safety with iKeepSafe.org

Here at The Neighborhood Crime Map, we believe in not only providing our readers with resources and tips for crime prevention in their neighborhoods, but also with resources that will help them keep their children safe.

I recently discovered a great site that is directed at giving parents and educators tools and information for teaching children about online safety and ethics. The site is iKeepSafe.org, and is an organization made up of a coalition of governors and first spouses, attorney’s general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and others.

The site has a ton of resources, from videos to articles to coloring books, that teach online safety to children and parents—all of which are free. I highly recommend the site and urge you to visit it, as well as their blog, that will keep you up to date on issues in online child safety.

Visit the site here, and read the blog here.

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July 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

Majority of Parents Don’t Use Parental Controls

Research recently published by McAfee, a major player in computer security, found that 80% of parents didn’t use any parental control settings on their home computers. Further, nearly 2/3 of parents surveyed said that they had never talked to their children about online security. And 30% said that they left their children alone in their own bedrooms to surf the web.

Those of us born before, say, 1980, didn’t grown up with the internet, and, therefore, don’t know how the internet appears to children—because we never experienced it at that age. As a result, there is a lack of understanding between what parents understand about internet safety and how children see and use the internet. It can be difficult to talk to your children about internet safety, especially because you have to teach something to them that you learned naturally as an adult.

The internet can be a great tool for learning, information, and entertainment, but it is also a virtual world with little or no rules or laws. If you want to let your children loose in a large world with no consequences, help educate them first about safety and online ethics. Doing so will help keep them safe and teach them how to act in the virtual world.

For resources on teaching your children about online safety visit iKeepSafe.org.

Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/062409-80-of-parents-dont-turn.html

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July 1, 2009 at 11:08 am 1 comment


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